Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2018
About This Wine
On the nose: Coffee grinds, Rainier cherries, hints of ivy, wet clay, cotton candy, pencil leads, toasted white bread, orange peels, juicy strawberries, paprika
On the palate: Fresh juicy entrance, great balance, concentration, freshly-cracked black pepper, pomegranate, cassis, coconut shaving, pork roast, raspberry, thyme, finishing with a hint of roasted red pepper
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 60% barrel fermented, 40% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 20 months in French oak, 75% new, 25% 1-year-old barrels
Dubbed a “Winemaker’s Dream Vintage” the 2018 growing season in Napa saw cooler than average temperatures throughout Spring and Summer. With saturated grounds from winter rains, vines coming out of dormancy had plenty of water supply for healthy bud-breaks, which with the exception of a slightly delayed Sauvignon Blanc, occurred on time in late March through early April. Precipitation of 0.6” in April had no impact on vines and another 0.3” in early May did not negatively affect bloom. On the contrary – it probably resulted in higher yields as cluster sizes in general came in larger than average. We think 2018 is superior and will be THE best vintage for Napa Valley ever.